Bến Tre ([ˀɓən˦ˀ˥ ʈɛ˧˥] listen) is the capital city of Bến Tre Province, in the Mekong Delta area of southern Vietnam. The city covers an area of 65.75 km2 (25.39 sq mi) and has a population of 143,639 as of 2009. Bến Tre is 85 kilometres (53 mi) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City and is connected to the surrounding provinces by the Rạch Miễu Bridge. During the Tet Offensive in 1968, it was nearly destroyed by anti-communist bombing.
The city of Bến Tre has 8 wards: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, An Hội, Phú Khương and Phú Tân, and 6 communes: Bình Phú, Mỹ Thạnh An, Nhơn Thạnh, Phú Hưng, Phú Nhuận and Sơn Đông.
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The French occupied Bến Tre in 1867. The Vietminh (Vietnam revolutionary force) defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu and gained independence under the guidance of Ho Chi Minh and his generals.
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